How to Improve Your USMLE Step 1 Performance in 2 Weeks
You may be thinking that there is no way you can improve your Step 1 Performance in as little as two weeks, but, as the cliché goes: anything is possible! With some determination, effort, and a focus on our goals, it is certainly achievable.
Why are the last two weeks important for Step 1?
The last couple of weeks before the exam is often the most challenging time. Sometimes, it feels like everything we have studied over the previous several weeks and months completely leaves us. Other times we are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of knowledge we have gained. Whatever the case, don’t take this critical time for granted. Use these last two weeks to your most significant advantage, and it will pay off.
Okay, now how do I do it?
I’m sure at this point in your journey, you’ve realized there are no actual shortcuts when it comes to USMLE. BUT, here are some valuable ways to maximize your time: plan, prioritize, test, review, relax, exercise, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
It is crucial to simulate the testing environment as closely as possible in these last two weeks. USMLE Step 1 is an 8-hour exam. The more you get used to these rigorous hours, the better. However, it’s essential not to take it too far. We wouldn’t want ourselves to get burnt out right at the last minute. So, study when you can, take your breaks, and most importantly, keep your eye on the prize. You’re almost there!
We’ve all heard it: Work smarter, not harder. Now isn’t the time to cram a whole chapter that you’ve never touched before or do 500 new Anki cards. Ideally, you’ve studied everything you need to at least once. Make a list of chapters that need extra work and focus on the highest yield topics from those chapters. Here’s a list of some high yield chapters: